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<p>You know how I&nbsp;know he's the bad guy?&nbsp; Top hat.&nbsp; I&nbsp;mean, seriously.</p>

You know how I know he's the bad guy?  Top hat.  I mean, seriously.

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We kick off Fantastic Fest with an exclusive new 'Tai Chi 0' poster debut

We've got a look at the bad guy from this trippy new genre-bender

All I knew about "Tai Chi Zero" until now is that it sounded like the Coca-Cola company was getting into the diet martial arts business, and that the film was playing both Toronto and Fantastic Fest.

I started my day today by watching the trailer for the film and by opening my inbox to see that we'd been sent an exclusive poster from the film to premiere.  Okay, so at that point, watching the trailer becomes a requirement, right?  I figure I'm obligated to take a look now.

What was I waiting for?

"Tai Chi Zero" reminds me at first glance of "Kung-Fu Hustle," and considering my almost embarrassing affection for that film, I'd consider that a good thing.  It also looks like it's about playing with standard kung-fu movie tropes, and that can be a lot of fun when it's done right.

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<p>Rachel Mwanza in &quot;War Witch,&quot; Canada's African-set Oscar submission.</p>

Rachel Mwanza in "War Witch," Canada's African-set Oscar submission.

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This year's foreign Oscar race reflects a growingly global medium

Certain strong contenders would not have been eligible a few years ago

Last year, Oscar analyst par excellence Mark Harris, whose insights we'll be missing this awards season, wrote a description of the average Best Foreign Language Film voter that was so specifically accurate that all I can do is quote it: "They like spending a weekend Learning About Other Cultures. They want to see movies that are 'thought-provoking,' but not too disturbing or unsettling. They’re more open-minded about content than they are about style. And more than anything, they like movies that depict the drawbacks, rituals, sociological peculiarities, class inequities, or historical scars of whatever country they’re from."

If that's true, however, such voters are going to be a bit flummoxed by a few of the most prominent contenders in this year's race. Many will admire "Amour," Michael Haneke's study of withered French intelligentsia, set within the spacious confines of a Parisian apartment -- but there will be some who wonder, "Wait, are we in Austria?" Similarly, a lot of voters will likely be into the German-set, German-language Holocaust survival tale "Lore," while others might be twiddling their thumbs, waiting impatiently for the kangaroos to bound onto screen. It's Australia's submission, after all.

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<p>Wendell Pierce in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Wendell Pierce in "Tremé."

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Review: HBO's 'Treme' continues to cook in season 3

New Orleans drama continues to do what it wants, and very well
In an early episode of the new season of "Tremé" (it returns Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO), chef Janette Desautel is wined and dined by Tim, a businessman who wants her to come work for him. Tim points to the restaurant where they're eating as a model for what he'd like Janette to do, and says the place is "Much loved by critics, by customers, and you know why? Because from day one, these guys did whatever the fuck they wanted. They didn't give a shit what the market told them to cook. They figured out who they were, what they were good at, what they wanted to do, and they did that."
 
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Jake Gyllenhaal isn't kidding when he says making 'End of Watch' 'changed my life'

Jake Gyllenhaal isn't kidding when he says making 'End of Watch' 'changed my life'

First ride along featured a murder

TORONTO - It may seem like a silly cliche or easy hyperbole for an actor to claim their life has changed because of a role in a movie, but after looking into Jake Gyllenhaal's eyes its hard to dispute his claim.  The 31-year-old actor trained more for David Ayer's "End of Watch" than any previous role and what he went learned to play LAPD officer Brian Taylor has clearly stuck with him.

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<p>Angie of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Angie of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' Premiere - 'Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops'

How well would Lisa Whelchel and Jeff Kent hide their celebrity secrets?
Welcome to The Philippines. Jeff Probst arrives via power boat, because that's the way Jeff Probst rolls. Lots of islands. Lots of animals. Lots of storms. And... Lots of contestants, already divided into three tribes. Hi, Jeff Kent. "I've seen pressure," Kent says, hoping people won't recognize him. Better pray there are no second baseman groupies this season, Jeff! Zane has a Frankenstein's monster tattoo on his arm, because the monster picked a flower for the little girl (before strangling her). "I can strangle you or pick you a flower," Zane says. Blair Warner! Lisa tells us that she's different from Blair and that she doesn't plan on talking about "Facts of Life" all the time. Boo. I wanted to watch "Survivor: Lisa Talks About 'Facts of Life' All The Time." The castaways don't know that Mike Skupin, Russell Swan and Jonathan Penner are arriving via a different boat. Russell says he's smacking "Survivor" back this time. Jonathan is on fire to win and he can taste it and see it. And speaking of fire, Mike doesn't view falling into it as a failure and he's in love with being able to come back.
 
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<p>The &quot;Big Brother&quot; Top 3 participate in the final HoH</p>

The "Big Brother" Top 3 participate in the final HoH

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Finale - The winner is...

Would Ian, Dan or Danielle claim the season's prize?

It's finale time for the 14th installment of "Big Brother." 

As we begin Wednesday's (September 19) night's finale, I think we can probably all agree that the potential Top 2 scenarios look like this: Ian beats Danielle. Dan beats Danielle. Ian and Dan would be a close vote. 

Right?

Let's see how things play out with the climactic Head of Household competition and where things go from there...

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<p>&nbsp;Your &quot;X Factor&quot; judges</p>

 Your "X Factor" judges

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Wednesday - Auditions #3

Which singers attract the attention of Britney, Demi and the other two?

Welcome to another week of "The X Factor."

Just a little warning: This live-blog will pause at 9:30 ET as I change over to live-blogging the season finale of "Big Brother." It'll resume again at 9:30 Pacific when I switch over from the "Survivor" premiere. Yup. Tonight's a triple-recap night. Check back tomorrow to see if I survived.

And now... On to Wednesday's "X Factor"...

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"Liz & Dick"

 "Liz & Dick"

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Lindsay Lohan looks crazy hot in poster for 'Liz & Dick'

The new Lifetime movie could be just the thing for Lohan

While Lindsay Lohan will probably always be a blonde (or, to go way back, a redhead) to most of us, judging from her poster for the Lifetime movie 'Liz & Dick' (currently set for November), Lohan pulls off jet black very, very well. Not only does she smolder in the new poster, it seems the role of Elizabeth Taylor was one she was meant to play. Just look at the text next to her.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5 takes 'One More Night' to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Pink and Fun. move up

Maroon 5 reaches the Billboard Hot 100 summit for the third time as “One More Night” rises 2-1 this week.
The second single from the band’s current album, “Overexposed,” achieves what first single “Payphone,” could not. That tune stalled at No. 2. Maroon 5’s previous chart toppers were 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera.

“One More Night” knocks Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” out of the top spot. The song spent three weeks at No. 1 and drops to No. 2 this week.

No new titles make their way into the Top 10 this week as last week’s slate shifts minimally. Fun.’s “Some Nights” rises one spot to No. 3, trading places with Flo Rida’s former No. 1, “Whistle,” which falls  to No. 4, according to Billboard.

Both Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and  Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean climb one spot each as “Blow Me” moves 6-5 and “As Long as You Love Me” 7-6.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” falls 5-7, Alex Clare’s “Too Close” inches 10-8,  Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time” holds at No. 9 and Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks”  drops 8-10.

Two songs will likely burst into the Top 10 next week: Psy’s “Gangnam Style” soars 64-11 this week, while Kayne West’s “Clique” featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean jumps 55-12.

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Ke$ha sets release date for new album, 'Warrior'

Star-studded album includes collabs with Patrick Carney, Iggy Pop and Wayne Coyne

Ke$ha will release, “Warrior,”  her sophomore full-length album Dec. 4.

Dr. Luke executive produced the party-til-you-puke performer’s set. Among Ke$ha’s collaborators are will.i.am, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Cirkut, Bonnie McKee, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Ben Folds and Greg Kurstin.

Fans got a taste of the first single, “Die Young,” which Ke$ha co-wrote with fun.’s Nate Ruess, Dr. Luke, Blanco, and Cirkut, last week when she dropped two short clips of her whistling and performing the song in a Tokyo subway to no reaction from her fellow passengers...at all. If the snot snippet was any indication, she is trying to leave her spoken lyrics about being a sodden party girl behind and turn into a full-fledged singer. (Her reformation began with her cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” last year for a Bob Dylan tribute for Amnesty International.)

“Warrior” is the follow-up to Ke$ha’s debut album, “Animal,” which sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide on the back of such hits as “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.” A companion EP, “Cannibal,” came out in late 2010.

“I am so excited to finally share ‘Warrior’ with all of my amazing Animals,” Ke$ha said in a statement. “I’ve been working for a year on this new record and have collaborated with some of my idols. This process has been long and intense and I couldn’t be more stoked to share this music. I hope with ‘Warrior’ my fans get to know me in a much more raw and vulnerable way.



 

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef' announces its new cheftestants for season 10 in Seattle

Wolfgang Puck joins the judges' table
'Top Chef' isn't back for its tenth season just yet (that will be Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m.), but until then you can get started learning about the new cheftestants. Bravo has announced the 21 competing chefs who will be joining the show -- which includes celebrity judge Wolfgang Puck. Judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse as well as Padma Lakshmi will also be back.
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<p>Can Giancarlo Esposito win an Emmy for playing Gus Fring?</p>

Can Giancarlo Esposito win an Emmy for playing Gus Fring?

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Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor for Comedy & Drama

A stacked drama field finds two past winners, while 'Modern Family' dominates on comedy side

Dan and I are continuing our picks for who should and will win Emmys on Sunday night with the comedy and drama supporting actor categories.

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